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Best Wi-Fi speakers under $200: Sonos, Chromecast, Bose and more

Whether it's a smart speaker with Amazon Alexa onboard or a model with Chromecast multi-room, these are our favorites under $200. And no, Amazon Echo and Google Home didn't make the cut.<p>Just like sound bars, the sweet spot for Wi-Fi speakers are at the budget end. In this case, it's under …

Audiophile

The Beginner's Guide To VPNs

Today we're arming you with everything you need to know to understand and use virtual private networks.<p>Photo Illustration by Elena …

Cybersecurity

The Avoidable Mistakes Executives Continue to Make After a Data Breach

The past few years have taught us that companies <i>will</i> be breached and consumer data <i>will</i> be stolen. Last year was a record year for data breaches, and 2017, so far, has seen its fair share of high-profile cyberattacks. Still, top executives continue to stumble in the way they respond to an attack, …

Security

How to find out what Facebook knows about you

I recently quit Facebook, but decided to return for one final task: To find out exactly what Facebook knows about me.<p>After some quick digging, I …

Facebook

Why Richard Branson's Website Makes Sales (And What You Can Learn from Following His Lead)

The Virgin Group CEO does so much more than drive traffic to the site.<p>While influencing practically every living entrepreneur, Richard Branson has built a social media presence that all of us would do well to study. His Twitter handle boasts over 11 million followers, Facebook over 3 million, and …

Marketing

WhatsApp to bring an in-chat payment system; likely to be launched by December: Report

WhatsApp is likely to bring an in-chat payment system in the messaging app. And it is expected to be launched by December.<p>WhatsApp app logo. …

Banking

Apple iOS 11.1 Release: Should You Upgrade?

Apple iOS 11.1 is here and not a moment too soon following the chaos of the iOS 11 launch and the subsequent problems caused by three rushed point releases. Furthermore iOS 11.1 has had a relatively smooth beta testing period with promising results, so should you upgrade or is this just another …

iOS

What companies are doing to stop data breaches—not just react to them

So how are modern companies working to include more preventative efforts?<p><b>Better tech.</b> There’s something to be said about the level of technology most companies use—and are willing to accept. Firewalls and antivirus software exist to protect companies from forced attempts to infiltrate their …

Ashley Madison

Twenty-Seven Ways Marketers Can Use Blockchain

<i>Blockchain is on the agenda at the Ad Age Next conference on Nov. 15 and 16. Come see PMG's Dustin Engel dive deep on "What the Heck Is Blockchain</i> …

Bitcoin

How a former Soviet state became one of the world's most advanced digital nations

Birthplace of Skype and a pioneer in online elections, Estonia has turned a Soviet legacy to its advantage<p>Imagine a country that runs completely …

FinTech

Want to Build A $420 Billion Company Like Jack Ma? Do This

Dead-on approach for new trends in business<p>Creating and driving a successful business isn't easy precisely because much of it is based on encouraging and inspiring employees to go the extra mile consistently of their own volition and move in sync. To do that, employees need to not only have a deep …

Leadership

Free Windows 10 upgrades end this year

At one point in time, Microsoft was criticized for being too aggressive and too desperate to get users on Windows 10 immediately. It seems that the …

Microsoft

Microsoft's subsea speed monster: A cable 16 million times faster than your broadband

New Marea link gives Microsoft and Facebook enough capacity to stream 71 million HD videos at once.<p>Microsoft, Facebook and Telefonica have hit a key …

How to delete WhatsApp messages you already sent

WhatsApp, one of the world’s most popular messaging apps, now lets you unsend messages — albeit with a time limit. And not just on <i>your</i> phone, either. If you delete a message, it will be removed from the conversation for anyone who is participating.<p>That’s great news for folks who are prone to …

iOS

After getting shade from a robot, Elon Musk fires back

Sophia, the humanoid AI robot from Hanson Robotics, spoke at the Future Investment Initiative conference about the safety of artificial intelligence …

Elon Musk

The 20 best smartphones in the world

The top <b>20</b> smartphones?<p>You might wonder how there can possibly be so many different smartphones worth buying.<p>Well, believe it, because each phone here is a great choice. It was a big struggle to figure out how to rank them all.<p>And it's only going to get harder. This list doesn't include phones we …

Phones

Master Excel like the boss you are for less than $30

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.<p>Microsoft's beloved WordArt feature of the …

Microsoft

Tips to Keep Yourself Safe from WiFi "WPA2 KRACK" Exploit

Don't cut that cable yet...<p>The latest “devastating” story in the cybersecurity world came thanks to KRACK, making everyone’s Monday a little blue-r. …

Kodi box seller will be sentenced over piracy in UK court today | Trusted Reviews

<b>A man who sold set-top boxes loaded with Kodi software is set to be sentenced later today after admitting to facilitating piracy.</b><p>In the UK …

Crime

This simple USB key protects everyone from phishing

Stina Ehrensvärd has one mission: to keep people safe online. Her Silicon Valley-based company, Yubico, produces the Yubikey, which is designed to …

Phishing

Here’s what you can do to protect yourself from the KRACK WiFi vulnerability

Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef publicly disclosed a serious vulnerability in the WPA2 encryption protocol today. Most devices and routers currently rely on WPA2 to encrypt your WiFi traffic, so chances are you’re affected.<p>But first, let’s clarify what an attacker can and cannot do using the …

Wi-Fi

ZTE announces a foldable, dual-screen phone that makes no sense at all

If you like wasting money on experimental hardware, then you're going to love this new Android phone from China.<p>ZTE announced today a brand new, …

Phones

7 Things for Parents to Consider When Buying Their Child a Phone

If you’re the parent of an adolescent or tween, you’ve probably heard it by now. “But mom, everyone at school has a phone.” Maybe everyone at school …

Parenting

Cloud-Linked Security Features Announced for Upcoming Microsoft 365 Program

Microsoft recently announced the release of multiple new security updates that is to come with its “<i>Microsoft 365</i>” program offerings.This …

Microsoft

How the Internet travels under the sea in super-fast cables

Microsoft and Facebook have just laid a super-fast 4000-mile (6437-km) internet cable across the Atlantic. When it goes live next year, it will …

Internet

9 Recommended Books That Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffett Think You Should Read

With Christmas around the corner, why not ask for the gift of reading the same books billionaires read?<p>Bill Gates reads about 50 books every year, Mark Cuban reads three hours every day, Mark Zuckerberg resolved to read 24 books in a year, and Warren Buffett spends 80 percent of his day …

Success

Harvard researchers help develop ‘smart’ tattoos

Harvard and MIT researchers have developed smart tattoo ink capable of monitoring health by changing color to tell an athlete if she is dehydrated or …

Harvard

Digital detoxing is a thing. Really

Stressed? Can't sleep? It might be time for some R&R off the grid.<p>What started with my wife and me looking for an escape from digital overload has completely changed the way we take vacations.<p>I'd been pulling all-nighters. Endless calls with my colleagues made me late for dinners with friends, tied …

Arctic Circle

How giant balloons could restore wireless service in Puerto Rico

Google’s Project Loon just received an experimental license from the FCC and could soon be launched in Puerto Rico to provide emergency connectivity.<p>Editor's Pick<p>For those of you who are unfamiliar with Project Loon, it’s essentially a balloon-delivered wireless service project that’s part of X, …

Project Loon